Registration for MOTM 2023: “Second Wind Kicking In” Closes at 11:59 PM Pacific Daylight Time on Friday September 15. Register here.
Message from PHIP President
With the recent passing of Jimmy Buffett, we in Parrot Head Nation are living through grief, even as we ask ourselves and each other the question “what’s next?” While the grief is natural and inescapable and difficult, the answer to the question is easy because Jimmy himself answered it: “Keep the party going.”
When Jimmy and Parrot Heads talk about a “party,” it means more to us than to most. Yes, we will have fun, dance, sing and have drinks with umbrellas. But our party comes with many purposes. We Parrot Heads have created, in the words of Jimmy’s wife Jane, “the world’s most joyful community.” It is built on love, kindness, generosity, charity and smiles, and its soundtrack is the music of Jimmy Buffett and the many musicians inspired by him.
And in this season, our party will also be about honoring the man whose own kindness and joy and generosity made it all possible. And we will cry and laugh together and support each other as members of Jimmy’s “big, boisterous family.”
This year’s Meeting of the Minds takes on new and deeper meaning with Jimmy’s passing. For the first time, we gather in the place of Jimmy’s birth and childhood after a quarter century of meeting in his Key West stomping grounds. For the first time in many years, there will be no mystery and no rumors about a surprise appearance. And yet ironically, it will be a gathering at which Jimmy’s presence and spirit will be felt more than ever in the sights and the sounds of the event and especially in the hearts of those in attendance.
It is important to gather in grief and celebration of life, to reflect and reminisce together, and to share a healing hug or two or three thousand. We invite you, whether you have been just once or twice or never before, to join Parrot Heads from around the world in Gulf Shores next month. It’s a new location, but it will feel like home. After all, you’ll be with family.
Wednesday, October 25 will be the epicenter of the week’s salute to Jimmy, including a 6pm tribute show on the Landshark Stage at The Hangout. Stay tuned to the Triton App and online for more details and show announcements.
MOTM Fun Run To Benefit Local Breast Cancer Patients at Providence Patients at The Breast Center at Providence Hospital are the beneficiaries of PHIP’s “Skippin & Sippin” Fun Run on Saturday, October 28. Here’s the link for more info and sign-up for the event and after party at Lulu’s.
Your awesome hosts and staff at The Hangout await your arrival with great food, great music and drink specials! Here’s the music schedule below. For a schedule that includes the satellite venues and other activities, click here and then click “Schedules” from the Menu Bar.
The beloved singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett passed away at his home in Sag Harbor, Long Island on Friday September 1, 2023 surrounded by family and friends. Buffett, 76, had been fighting Merkel Cell Skin Cancer for four years. He continued to perform during treatment, playing his last show, a surprise appearance in Rhode Island, in early July.
With a recording career that spanned more than fifty years and included hits such as “Margaritaville,” “Come Monday,” and “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere,” Buffett was one of the most successful performers in popular music. He filled arenas with fans who called themselves “Parrot Heads,” and popularized a signature blend of folk, country and Caribbean music with lyrics that often reflected Buffett’s world travels. A pilot and a sailor, Buffett wrote songs about his plane being shot at by Jamaican police (“Jamaica Mistaica”), getting lost in the Sahara Desert (“Buffet Hotel”) and smugglers he had known around the Florida Gulf Coast (“A Pirate Looks at 40”).
Although he was best known for upbeat party songs (others include “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” and “Fins”) Buffett first achieved notoriety for thoughtful ballads that showed the influence of Texas songwriters such as Jerry Jeff Walker and Canadian Gordon Lightfoot.
Bob Dylan praised lesser-known Buffett compositions “He Went to Paris” and “Death of an Unpopular Poet” – songs that reflected the observational, storytelling skills Buffett developed in his early career as a journalist for Billboard magazine.
Buffett had a second career as a successful author. He was one of a handful of writers who had number one best-sellers on both the fiction and non-fiction lists of the New York Times Book Review.
He had a third career as an entrepreneur, building a diversified lifestyle brand business, including Margaritaville hotels, restaurants, and retirement communities, along with sidelines such as Land Shark beer. Buffett’s branding and business acumen made him one of the most financially successful musicians of all time.
James William Buffett was born on Christmas, 1946 in Pascagoula, Mississippi and grew up in Alabama. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1969. He credited early years playing and singing in the streets and bars of New Orleans with shaping his dedication to connecting with his audience and giving the customers a good show. Buffett had little patience with performers who took themselves too seriously. He liked to say that the job of singing for a living was descended from the profession of court jester.
Buffett is survived by his wife of 46 years, Jane (Slagsvol) Buffett, his daughters Savannah Jane (Joshua) and Sarah Delaney, his son Cameron Marley (Lara), his grandson Marley Ray and devoted pack of dogs Lola, Kingston, Pepper, Rosie, Ajax and Kody. Also survived by his Montana sister, Laurie Buffett McGuane (Tom), their children Heather Hume, Anne Buffett McGuane, Maggie McGuane and Thomas McGuane IV; his Alabama sister, Lucy Buffett and daughters Mara Delaney Buffett O’Dwyer and Melanie Leigh Buffett; and many more wonderful cousins, nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Jimmy Buffett’s Foundation Singing for Change, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dana Farber Cancer Institute or MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Once again we are having a summer raffle to help support the PHiP Bob Heffelfinger Memorial Scholarship. Our friends at Margaritaville At Seas have graciously donated a cruise for this year’s raffle.
Tickets can be bought individually or as a club. Club donations count toward Domino College recognition. Clubs can also use this prize toward your own fundraisers.
Please pass this information around to all your club members so that everyone has the chance for this great prize. The easiest way to pass this information along is to cut and paste this email and include it in your club email correspondence.
Parrot Heads in Paradise has been awarding qualified parrot heads and their children a total of $10,000 in scholarship every year for the last 13 years. fundraising has been just keeping pace with our payouts each year and we want to continue to add to the funds to ensure future years have adequate funding. To make sure that we can continue to award these funds well into the future we have come up with a great way to help the cause. Margaritaville at Sea has donated this cruise for two to raffle off . We will be selling tickets via PayPal or check going through August 30th. We will draw for the trip the second week of September via Facebook live. Tickets are five for $20 or five dollars for one. I will send you via email with the list of your numbers so you have them for your records. I will be tracking the name and numbers of every ticket coming in. You can pay via PayPal https://www.paypal.com/home to PHiPscholarshipraffle@yahoo.com
Please make sure you send via friends and family or someone you know method or fees will be taken out as a business transaction. You can also send a check to David Cohen, 6986 Samantha Court Wheatfield, NY 14304 (checks payable to Parrot Heads in Paradise). If you are sending a check please enclose your email address if you want your numbers emailed to you. Thank you in advance for your support of this wonderful cause.
TritonApp is your presenting sponsor of PHIP’s 2023 Meeting of the Minds: Second Wind Kicking In. is your presenting sponsor of PHIP’s 2023 Meeting fo the Minds: Second Wind Kicking In.
The PHIP Board has prioritized improvements in communication and connectedness among Parrot Heads. As a loose affiliation of independently operating chapters, it’s always been a struggle for the nation to unite and for Parrot Heads to get news and information about concerts, events, fundraisers and about their fellow parrot heads. Today, the PHIP Board is thrilled to announce the formation of a partnership with TritonApp, LLC, a Parrot Head-owned and Parrot Head-friendly company that is about to help connect Parrot Heads as we’ve never been connected before!
No need to wait! Go now to your App Store and download TritonApp, and register using your email and type in “PARROTHEADS” (all caps!) when it asks you for a company name. You’ll verify with a text code, and you’ll be up and running, with access to PHIP and MOTM social media and website, and lots, lots more.
The app will be especially useful for those attending MOTM, since you’ll have up-to-the-minute news and information at your fingertips.
BOO!!!Happy Halloween! Get ready for everything “Make Believe!” Guess that’s why I love this holiday! It’s a time when grown-ups and kids are out and about attending trunk-a-treats, costume contests, and Halloween parties! We all get to act and look silly, although most of us don’t need a reason! Watch out for the Princess and the Prince, the Goblins and Witches, and many of our favorite storybook characters! Stay safe and have a great time whatever your plans are!
After Halloween is over, please be sure to visit our website www.emeraldisleparrotheads.com and our Facebook Page, Emerald Isle Parrot Head Club, to view many more “Treats!” These events are open to the public. If you like dressing up, you can register on our WEBSITE, UNDER THE MENU entitled “Register for Santa Crawl and Buy T-shirts in the Shop.” Be sure to read the current Newsletter for additional information! See you soon as we “Party With a Purpose!” Jan H, Prez
Not able to make it to MOTM? Still want to help out? The PHiP Bob Heffelfinger Memorial Scholarship is always looking for ways to keep the funds in the account for years to come as we continue to give away $10,000 each year to our parrot heads and their kids. Here is the latest giveaway happening
Hop on board, discover all the fun
The Margaritaville at Sea Paradise is your
3-day / 2-night exciting, new off-shore resort experience, sailing from the Port of Palm Beach to Grand Bahama Island. On this floating island vacation, you can unwind, enjoy the endless activities and entertainment, or just relax and soak up the sun.
Tickets are 5 for $20 and you can send your payment to firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase your tickets. The drawing will be held on Saturday at MOTM (November 5th) so get your tickets now to have your chance at this great trip courtesy of Margaritaville At Sea. I will send confirmation of your tickets as I get them.